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February 19, 2012

IUS ROUNDUP: Grenadier men rout Asbury on Senior Night, 91-66

Bell leads IU Southeast with 20 points

NEW ALBANY — The 17th-ranked IU Southeast men’s basketball team ended its regular season Saturday night with a convincing 91-66 home victory over Asbury on Senior Night.

Grenadier senior Darryl Bell celebrated in style with a season-high 20 points in his final regular-season home game.

Brice Mitchell got the scoring started right after he was honored as one of three Grenadier seniors. He picked off a bad pass and dunked it. Mitchell finished with 17 points and four steals. IU Southeast’s third senior, Nick Gagel, added eight points.

Three other Grenadiers scored in double figures as IU Southeast shot a blistering 52 percent from the field. Spencer Allman and Jeffersonville graduate Kegan Clark each had 13 points and Wes Cox had 11.

The Grenadiers (22-7, 12-1 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) shot 39 percent from 3-point range to maintain a large lead and their swarming defense caused 20 turnovers.

The Grenadiers will be back in action in the opening round of the KIAC Tournament next Saturday when they host St. Louis College of Pharmacy at 5 p.m.

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• Grenadiers upend Kentucky Christian on Senior Day: IU Southeast capped off its regular season on Saturday afternoon with a 79-67 home win over Kentucky Christian. It was the Grenadiers’ Senior Day.

The Grenadiers kept KCU in the game with sloppy passing as they committed 12 turnovers in the first half. The Knights led 32-31 at halftime.

IU Southeast protected the ball in the second half and ran the offense more efficiently. Ashmere Woods scored 15 of her 23 points in the second half to help the Grenadiers maintain a comfortable lead.

IU Southeast senior Megan Murphy had her customary double-double on Senior Day, scoring 15 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Also for the Grenadiers, Heather Wheat had 12 points and seven assists and Megan Cureton added 11 points off the bench.

The Grenadiers’ other senior, Tia Wineinger, had a solid game defensively. She scored five points, but had nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Grenadiers (23-7) shot 40 percent in the second half and 39 percent for the game. Kentucky Christian shot 45 percent from the field for the game.

IU Southeast will host St. Louis College of Pharmacy in the opening round of the KIAC Tournament at 3 p.m. next Saturday.

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